Scientific Racism in Modern South Africa

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This book is the first full-length study of the history of intellectual and scientific racism in modern South Africa. Ranging broadly across disciplines in the social sciences, sciences and humanities, it charts the rise of scientific racism and biological determinism from the late nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth. Set against the rise of apartheid, the book illuminates the complex relationship between theories of essential racial difference and the development of white supremacist thinking. Saul Dubow draws extensively on comparable studies of intellectual racism in Europe and the United States to demonstrate the selective absorption of widely prevalent conceptions of racial difference in the particular historical context of South Africa. The issues he addresses are of relevance to both Africanist and international students of racism and race relations.
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"As an example of superb and meticulous scholarship, Dubow's work should appeal to a wide readership in the fields of racial and ethnic studies, the sociology of knowledge and science, and African studies." Contemporary Sociology

"Dubow's conscientiously researched and cautiously interpreted wealth of specific historical material presented in a wealth of historical detail." George W. Stocking, Jr., Isis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521473439
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Physical anthropology and the quest for the 'missing link' 20
3 Bantu origins, racial narratives 66
4 Biological determinism and the development of eugenics 120
5 The equivocal message of eugenics 166
6 Mental testing and the understanding of the 'native mind' 197
7 Christian-national ideology, apartheid, and the concept of 'race' 246
8 Conclusion 284
Bibliography 292
Index 315
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